Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you intend to practice as a marriage celebrant in Australia.

It describes the industry standards for marriage celebrants in Australia and details how celebrants must maintain a high standard of service and professional conduct in compliance with current legislation, and gives a range of requirements for the conduct of marriage ceremonies.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department
Marriage Law and Celebrant Section

Act(s) name

Marriage Act 1961 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Marriage Regulations 1963 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Attorney-General's Department
Marriage Law and Celebrant Section

Operating address:
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
Australian Capital Territory 2600


02 6141 3111


1800 550 343


02 6141 3246

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